WWF Becomes a Cooperating Partner to the CMS Sharks MoU
WWF today signed on to become Cooperating Partner to the Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The signing took place at the CMS Conference of the Parties meeting in Manila.
WWF recognizes that CMS and the CMS MoU on Sharks could be important instruments for the conservation of migratory sharks. WWF can play a key role in working to support signatory countries in developing appropriate protections and regional management plans to reduce unsustainable mortality levels for Appendix I and Appendix II listed species respectively.
Examples of activities already undertaken by WWF that contribute to the CMS MoU on Sharks, and its Conservation Plan, include:
- Attending the 2nd Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2) Sharks MoU and actively supporting the listing of new species
- Working with authorities in our priority countries to support the development and implementation of National Plans of Action for sharks, and the development of sustainable fisheries
- Encouraging governments in our priority countries that are not yet signatories to sign up to the CMS MoU on Sharks
- Mitigating the bycatch of sharks in multispecies fisheries
- Developing standard protocols for data collection, and other tools to support the conservation and sustainable use of migratory and non-migratory sharks including the co-authored Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practise tool
- Supporting improved data collection and management of migratory sharks under the tuna RFMOs, including the development of Harvest Control Rules and providing data collected through WWF projects
We believe that enhanced cooperation between CMS and WWF will be fruitful, to the benefit of the CMS Secretariat, signatories, and the achievement of Conservation Plan objectives.
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